How do we create a spatial practice for a more equitable and just society? In this Race & Space Conversation, moderator and transdisciplinary designer April De Simone, principal at Trahan Architects, will speak with panelists including Director of Water’s Edge Museum Candance Henry of Oxford, MD, Judge Gary Jackson of Lincoln Hills, CO, and, Bronze Foundation President Darwin Dean of Minneapolis, MN, to engage with this question and explore case studies of two sites featured in the Landslide 2021: Race and Space report (Water’s Edge and Wink’s Panorama) along with a site recently enrolled in Landslide (Hiawatha Golf Club). Urbanist and kin-keeper Angela Kyle and National Building Museum Vice President Jacquelyn Sawyer will join the conversation to investigate how our surroundings construct and convey identity and culture and the systems that uplift or erase that constructed experience.
For generations, our cultural landscapes have served as the setting for the origins, arrival, movement, and settlement of people in this country and the brutal consequences of the baseless assertion that one race is more entitled to space than others. Now, we find ourselves in a pivotal moment of reckoning with spatial inequities and reimagining our built and natural environment. This conversation will dig deep into these three Landslide sites to explore topics – or throughlines – that include spatial nostalgia, erasure, and the need to amplify community voices in the design process and redefine the concept of “integrity” in historic preservation work.